“Something’s way off, all over the country…” Netflix has revealed a trailer for the documentary Saving Capitalism, based on Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s book of the same name. His book attempts to provide a more focused concept of how America save itself, fix its economy, and maintain capitalism as the financial system of the country. “As income and wealth go to the top, more Americans are left behind. Now it’s up to those ordinary Americans to change the rules.” This seems like one of those nice economics documentaries, kind of like Freakonomics, that attempts to take the big ideas and present them in a way that’s understandable and digestible. I’m honestly not fully supportive of the idea of “saving capitalism”, but I do support Netflix docs, so I’m featuring this anyway. It’s always good to hear all the different arguments. ›››
“We’ve eaten them for years, now it’s their turn!” Level 33 Entertainment has dropped a trailer for a goofy new horror comedy film titled Attack of the Killer Donuts, which is indeed about donuts that become bloody thirsty killers. They’ve thought of everything, haven’t they? Maybe this is the perfect trailer to watch the day after Halloween, although it’ll probably give you the munchies for donuts (just make sure the ones you buy aren’t bloody thirsty killers). Attack of the Killer Donuts stars Justin Ray, Kayla Compton, Ben Heyman, Kassandra Voyagis, Michael Swan, and Aaron Groben. On one hand, it’s kind of cool that something this wacky still exists (with its own theme song?!). On the other, this looks as awful as it sounds. ›››
Now that Spider-Man: Homecoming is out on home video (and Screen Junkies has taken care of their workplace sexual harassment scandal), we can take the time to enjoy some fun being poked at your friendly neighborhood wallcrawler.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming Honest Trailer has no problem reminding us that this is the second time the comic franchise has been rebooted this decade, not to mention honing in on the fact that this new millennial Spider-Man doesn’t ever really seem to suffer any consequences for his mistakes and ill-advised actions. Watch below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming, or The Perks of Being a Wallcrawler, takes a few jabs at the computer animated slug-fest that takes place between Spidey and Vulture in the sky and on the beach. Those confrontations pale in comparison to the one that takes place immediately after the true identity of Vulture is revealed later in the movie. It’s a spoiler that was kept hidden in the marketing and created audible gasps in theaters, and it works extremely well.
But perhaps the most glaring problem with Spider-Man: Homecoming is how it fits into the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. Looking at Tony Stark alone, it seems weird that the guy who was so adamant about the government keeping track of superheroes in Captain America: Civil War gives a teenager a superhero suit and doesn’t do all that good of a job keeping track of him until he creates problems.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is available now on home video, so go ahead and pick it up.
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“I’ve got not family, no money, just give me this one chance.” A24 has debuted an intense, badass official trailer for a film titled A Prayer Before Dawn, shot by a French filmmaker in a real Thai prison starring real inmates. This film is about a young English boxer who is thrown into prisons in Thailand, where he fights back and trains to be a competitor in a vicious Muay Thai boxing tournament. Joe Cole stars as Billy Moore, the one white man in this Thai world, apparently based on a true story. The cast includes Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai, Nicolas Shake, Pornchanok Mabklang, plus the real Billy Moore in a cameo role. This looks frickin’ awesome! I can’t believe I have missed this film until now. And A24’s trailer is exciting, building up the intensity right until the last second. I actually can’t wait to see this. ›››
“When I was young, Parvana, I knew what peace felt like…” GKids has debuted the full-length theatrical trailer for an animated film titled The Breadwinner, set in the heart of Afghanistan telling the story of a girl who dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. This is directed by Nora Twomey, one of the co-directors of the lovely Oscar-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells, and it feature some stunning animation. It’s also executive produced by Angelina Jolie. Featuring the voice of Saara Chaudry as the lead girl Parvana, as well as Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah, Noorin Gulamgaus, and Kawa Ada. I recently saw this at the London Film Festival and it’s a fantastic, heartbreaking film that is important for all to see because it can help us understand different cultures. I recommend it. Worth a watch. ›››
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An official trailer has arrived for a documentary titled Along for the Ride, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. Along for the Ride profiles the life and career of actor Dennis Hopper, who you will recognize from all kinds of different movies over the years. Hopper passed away in 2010, but earned two Oscar nominations over his long career. “Method actor, filmmaker, photographer, fine artist, art collector, and all-American madman.” The doc includes a score by Gemma Thompson of the critically acclaimed band Savages, along with plenty of interviews with his friends and colleagues including Wim Wenders, Dwight Yoakam, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, Dean Stockwell, and many others. “Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of The Last Movie, the overlooked masterpiece Out of the Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along for the Ride is a vivacious work of film biography with a freewheeling style that’s only appropriate to its anarchic subject.” Watch the trailer below. ›››
“To find our place in the universe, we must venture beyond our boundaries.” Gravitas Ventures debuted this full trailer for the space sci-fi The Beyond, one of the first features from Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull, who got his start making cool sci-fi short films on Vimeo. We featured a teaser trailer for this earlier in the year, but the film has undergone extensive reshoots and re-edits, and this new trailer is a better look at what HaZ has cooked up. The Beyond is a low-budget sci-fi somewhat based on the idea first introduced in his short Project Kronos – first contact. It’s about astronauts going through a wormhole (“The Void”) to another part of the universe, who return early, and now everyone wants to know what they found on the other side. The cast includes Nigel Barber, Jane Perry, Brian Deacon, and David Bailie. Sci-fi geeks need to see this. ›››
The release of Justice League is fast approaching, tickets are on sale now, and there’s a final international trailer loaded with new footage, including our first good look at the film’s big bad, Steppenwolf. So come together below and watch the final Justice League trailer.
It’s hard to believe Justice League is finally about to hit theaters. It feels like we’ve all been talking about this movie for the longest time, and now the big team-up of the DCEU heroes is mere weeks away. We’ve already had multiple trailers to give us a sense of what to expect, but a brand new final Justice League trailer has even more action-packed footage.
Justice League Trailer
Not only does this final international Justice League trailer give us new footage, it also gives us our first real look at the film’s villain Steppenwolf, played by Ciarán Hinds. Steppenwolf is an intergalactic threat to the Justice League, leading an army of Parademons (those winged creatures you glimpsed in the lengthy desert dream sequence in Batman v. Superman), who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth. A deleted scene from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us the briefest of glimpses of the character, and previous trailers included quick shots and a few voice overs. Here, however, we see Steppenwolf in action, growling, “This world will fall, like all the others!”
The trailer also puts Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman front and center, which makes sense, since Wonder Woman was the only DCEU film almost everyone seemed to like. On top of all that, we get more Aquaman drinking and more Batman making jokes. But if you were hoping for some shots of Henry Cavill‘s Superman in action, you’re out of luck. All the trailers for Justice League have been low on plot and big on action, and this one is no exception. That’s not a criticism; it just shows that Warner Brothers and DC are working hard to keep most of the plot details secretive so they’ll feel fresh when audiences get their first look at the film.
Here’s the official synopsis, which is also vague enough to keep spoilers to a minimum:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League opens November 17, 2017.
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Gerard Butler, who can currently be seen fighting the weather in Geostorm, has yet another film on the horizon. In Den of Thieves, Butler is an unorthodox cop chasing after a team of robbers. It’s sort of like heat, but instead of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, we get Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Watch the Den of Thieves trailer below.
In Michael Mann’s crime classic Heat, audiences were treated to an epic tale of cops and robbers, cutting back and forth between Al Pacino as a cop on the edge and Robert De Niro as the head of a crew of highly successful bank robbers. Mann was able to adeptly wave a narrative that showed us two different yet similar worlds. If you ever watched Mann’s Heat and thought, “This movie is pretty good, but what it really needs is some Gerard Butler!”, you’re in luck! The new film Den of Thieves almost looks like a modern-day remake of Heat, with Butler stepping into Al Pacino’s role of a frazzled, on-edge cop tracking a crew of professional criminals. Let’s all watch the trailer, shall we?
Den of Thieves trailer
The highlight from the trailer (for me at least) has to be Butler chewing on a toothpick and mumbling, “Whoever it is, they’re addicted to heists!” Really though, who isn’t addicted to heists, am I right? They’re irresistible. Butler is joined in the cast by Pablo Schreiber (American Gods), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Brian van Holt (House of Wax), and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. I’m assuming 50 Cent is stepping into the De Niro Heat role here, and maybe Jackson is taking over the part played by Val Kilmer. Den of Thieves marks the directorial debut of Christian Gudegast, who wrote the screenplay for Butler’s London Has Fallen. Here’s the official Den of Thieves synopsis:
A Los Angeles crime saga in the vein of “Heat”, DEN OF THIEVES follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.
Will Den of Thieves be as memorable as Heat? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say no, but it’ll probably be entertaining. At the very least, Butler is clearly having a good time hamming it up and letting his beard do most of the heavy lifting, so that’s something.
Den of Thieves opens January 19, 2018.
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“You look like a friendly crowd!” Samuel Goldywn Films recently debuted this official trailer for the new horror thriller titled Psychopaths, which first played at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. This is also the latest film from Mickey Keating, director of the films Ritual, Pod, Darling, and Carnage Park, which was also released this year. Psychopaths is about seven different serial killers whose paths cross over one single, blood soaked night. This looks flashy and stylish, though it’s hard to tell what exactly is going on in this trailer. The ensemble cast includes Ashley Bell, Angela Trimbur, James Landry Hebert, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Jeremy Gardner, Ivana Shein, and Larry Fessenden. If you’re into indie horror, and masks, and serial killer films, then this is for you. But if you’re not into that, well, maybe not. Have fun. ›››